Kotla is not just a ground for me: Ishant Sharma
New Delhi, March 15 : Having represented various franchises in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Ishant Sharma will be representing Delhi Capitals for the first time when the T20 extravaganza begins on March 23.
With a week left for the T20 carnival, Delhi Capitals posted a video on Instagram, where the 30-year-old pacer said: "For me, Kotla is something more than a ground. For the entire cricket I have played, right form the under-17 level, I have played all my matches here. I have a number of memories here.
"Not only for me, but for all those who represent Delhi, Kotla is a memory for them because it is where it all starts. It is from here that we went ahead to represent our country," the 30-year-old pacer expressed.
"It is always very special to play on your home ground."
Ishant, who had first stolen the limelight by bowling a dream spell to the former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting, will work closely with Ponting - the head coach of the Capitals. Ishant has scalped 58 wickets from 76 IPL games and will be an integral part of his side's pace attack when the league kicks-off in less than 10 days.
"I have got this opportunity after 12 years to represent my home team and I feel very proud," the pacer said. "I will try to deliver my best and I hope we win the trophy this year."
Delhi will kick-off their IPL campaign against three-time champions Mumbai Indians on March 24 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.